Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States

Just How Economically Unequal Are We?

Just how economically unequal is the U.S.? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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1. What is the median household income in the United States?

2. How much of all wealth is controlled by the wealthiest Americans?

3. How many Americans live in poverty?

4. How much do women earn relative to men?

5. How much of their income do women lose each time they give birth?

6. How much of a salary bump do men receive when they become fathers?

7. How much money is a college degree worth to today's young adults?

8. $17,802 is the difference in median income between which two races?

9. How great is the racial wealth gap between white and Black households?

10. In 2016, what was the CEO-to-worker pay ratio?

Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States

You got: % Correct. You're an Expert!

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Congratulations! You are an expert on economic inequality. Your score shows that you understand that things like race and gender affect economic inequality, which means you have what sociologists call an intersectional perspective on the issue. Well done!

But, there's always more to learn, isn't there? Given your interest in economic inequality, you might like to learn about other types of inequality. For example, in order to understand how racial inequality works, it's necessary to understand just what white supremacy is and how it operates in today's world. You might also want to learn about how sexism shapes how students evaluate their teachers and impacts the careers of women professors, and how inequality intersects with environmental problems to make some communities more toxic than others. Finally, take a look at this article on the school-to-prison-pipeline to learn how inequalities intersect with schooling in the U.S. and have a disproportionate impact on students of color.

Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States

You got: % Correct. You Know Your Stuff

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Well done! You know your stuff about economic inequality in the U.S. In fact, you know more than most people about these issues. But, by studying more, you could even become an expert on this topic.

This article on poverty will give you insight into how poverty is defined and how it shapes people's lives, and this article on the key issues affecting workers in the U.S. today will help you understand how the politics of labor relate to inequality.

With your knowledge, you might already be aware that Millennials are worse off than previous generations in terms of income, wealth, and labor rights, but this article will fill-in the gaps in your knowledge.

Finally, click here to learn about who receives welfare and what their lives are like. The insights shared here just might surprise you.

Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States

You got: % Correct. Not Bad, but There's More to Learn

I got Not Bad, but There's More to Learn. Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States
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That's not a bad score, but you could certainly improve your knowledge of economic inequality in the U.S. You might want to start with this informative overview of social stratification--how society is organized by economic class--which has a bunch of handy visualizations to help you understand the trends described.

Then, check out this article that explains how poverty is defined and how it affects the lives of those who experience it. In this article you can learn about the racial wealth gap, or how race and economic inequality intersect. Finally, this article on the gender pay gap will deepen your knowledge of how gender impacts income and wealth inequality.

After learning more on this topic, you just might want to come back and take this quiz again!

Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States

You got: % Correct. You've Got a Lot to Learn

I got You've Got a Lot to Learn. Test Your Knowledge of Economic Inequality in the United States
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Your score shows that you've got a lot to learn about economic inequality in the U.S. But you know what? You're not alone. Most Americans understand that economic inequality exists, but very few know the real the extent of the problem. If you want to learn more, we can help get you started.

You might want to start with this informative overview of social stratification--how society is organized by economic class--which has a bunch of handy visualizations to help you understand the trends described.

Then, check out this article that explains how poverty is defined and how it affects the lives of those who experience it. You might also want to click here to learn about who receives welfare and what their lives are like. The insights shared here just might surprise you.

Finally, this article about the financial struggles of Millennials will give you insights into how and why this generation is worse off than those that came before.